The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for
The Vancouver International Film Festival
The festival runs Sept 27th – Oct 12th, 2018
For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org
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Our full lineup is online now, but some of the content is not yet in 100% working order. Please check back over the next few days when we’ve had a chance to apply the spit and polish.
Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through.
Please note All Pre-Festival tickets are available in person sales start Sept. 13 at Vancity Theatre Box office, 1181 Seymour St. noon – 7pm.
No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings
VIFF General Inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Box Office Helpline: 604.683.3456
Doors open half hour before doors
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Returning to her family home in the Nova Scotia countryside for her father’s funeral, Belle (Sofia Banzhaf, caustic and captivating) relapses into old dynamics with her mother Nancy (Shelley Thompson, skilfully investigating her character’s every complexity). Given that Nancy has seemingly only now accepted Belle’s coming out, revealed years earlier when Belle was a teen, Belle isn’t particularly eager to disclose that she’s now dating a man. That secret becomes considerably more difficult to conceal when her partner (Callum Dunphy) unexpectedly arrives on the unspeakably tense scene to offer moral support.
Having long ago established himself as a VIFF favourite with the likes of The Hanging Garden and Cloudburst, Thom Fitzgerald’s latest is another testament to his phenomenal gift for balancing the weightiest of subject matter—death, estrangement, sexual identity—with instances of natural comic levity (including two running jokes that grow funnier every time they arise). Adapted from Lee-Anne Poole’s stageplay, Fitzgerald’s tragicomedy explores the amorphous nature of grief through honest observations and hard-won catharsis. Ultimately, Splinters’ success hinges on “the subtleties of family conflicts and tensions, landing with a softness of touch and eye rather than forceful emotive manoeuvring.”—Sarah-Tai Black, Globe & Mail